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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-02-02

Court case opens to investigate Concorde crash 10 years ago

Were the Concorde manufacturers responsible for the July 2000 crash in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris or was it the fault of a Continental Airlines flight that left debris behind on the runway? A case opened today in the Paris region to investigate the disaster.

Le Parisien leads with the start of a case investigating the crash of an Air France Concorde flight on the 25th July 2000. Concorde manufacturers and Air France claim metal strips that had fallen off a Continental Airlines flight onto the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport were the cause of the explosion. The theory holds that the metal strips coming into contact with the plane’s wheels caused a fire which then spread to the fuel tank. The plane then exploded killing everyone on board and several people on the ground.

Another article in the paper focuses on the victims of the crash and their families. Many of the passengers onboard were German and compensation was paid out to their families. However the families of victims on the ground have never received compensation for their trauma.

Libération looks at the arguments on both sides of the case. Continental Airlines claims the plane was already on fire before it came into contact with the metal strips that fell off one of its planes onto the runway.

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Le Figaro: Sarkozy “buries the hatchet” with Jean-François Copé. The latter is the leader of the UMP Party in the National Assembly and one of the main figures of a rival faction in the ruling centre-right party.


Le Figaro:
Dominique de Villepin – another arch-rival of Nicolas Sarkozy within the UMP Party – has seen membership of his support group ‘Club Villepin’ double in the past week. This is in the aftermath of the Clearstream Case which pitted the former Prime Minister against Nicolas Sarkozy. Villepin was cleared in a case which saw him accused of collaborating in a smear campaign against Sarkozy.

Le Parisien: Villepin yesterday attended a conference at the political science school Sciences Po. Students packed into the auditorium to hear Villepin speak on France’s foreign policy in Afghanistan.


 

By James CREEDON

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